Custom Glass Shower Doors Phoenix – Choosing The Right One For You
Shower doors in Phoenix come in several different designs, not to mention finishes. Choosing the right one may seem like a choice best made by random selection. However, this article will give you a few pointers to help you choose the right shower door.
Choice #1: Framed or frameless?
Shower doors come with or without metal frames. Those without metal frames are made of thick glass, and do not need a frame for support. Framed shower doors, on the other hand, are made from thinner glass that requires the extra support of a metal frame, which is especially common in Phoenix.
Frameless shower doors have several distinct advantages over framed shower doors. First of all, the lack of a metal frame means there are fewer places to catch water and / or to grow mold, mildew, etc. Secondly, frameless shower doors have a sleek, refined visual appeal that framed doors don’t have.
Choice #2: Bi-fold, pivot, or sliding?
Shower doors are also available with different methods of opening and shutting them.
Sliding doors are probably the most common design. They are design for half of the door to slide behind the other half to open. The disadvantage to this design is that it doesn’t work well with shower stalls, due to the width it requires.
Pivoting shower doors open just like a standard door does. The disadvantage to this style is obvious – it requires enough space in the room to swing open.
Bi Fold shower doors are somewhat of a compromise between the first two designs. They don’t require width, nor do they require a lot of space in the room to open up into.
Choice #3: Finish
If you choose a framed shower door, you’ll have to choose a finish for the metal, too. Most of the time for Phoenix homes, you’ll want to choose a finish that matches the finish of your other bathroom fixtures.
Are Frameless Glass Shower Doors a Good Choice?
Installing a frameless shower door in your home entails quite a number of steps, whether you're doing it yourself or you're having someone else install it for you. It can be easy to get lost in all the different things that need to be considered, from choosing a particular door, to having something custom built, to actually making sure that the door will work in your bathroom space, all the way to the actual installation and afterwards. It can be easy unfortunately to miss out on one or two things which may seem to be fairly trivial but in the end could cause quite a bit of regret, once the installation is over and it's already difficult to undo previous decision.
One other thing which needs to be emphasized is measuring everything well. This is almost more of a general tip anyway for any piece of construction or installation, but it takes on even greater importance when installing something that's made up mostly of glass, sometimes just one piece of glass in fact. Measurements when done well will help ensure that moisture and water will not leak out, so it's clear that this step cannot be ignored.